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MSF seeks Bilingual Psychologists

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Médecins Sans Frontières

Published on: 3 October 2022

Psychologists and Psychiatrists / Mental Health Specialists

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is urgently seeking French/Arabic speaking (with English Fluency) Psychologists and Mental health Professionals, to work in the field on projects in acute or chronic crisis areas in unstable contexts.

Currently, MSF is recruiting Bilingual Psychologists to serve in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Chad, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Sudan, South Sudan and Afghanistan. 

 Being a mental health officer (MHO) with MSF is an intense but rewarding job. From providing psychological first aid to survivors of natural disasters to counselling HIV patients, our MHOs play a vital role in our projects. Trauma is often the most painful aspect of surviving a conflict or disaster, or living with a disease, and mental healthcare is vital for recovery.

MSF seeks Bilingual Psychologists from Marlene Björnfot on Vimeo.

In all those interventions Mental Health is an integral part of their activities. To manage the Mental Health Activities in various Projects we are looking for either - French & English or Arabic & English speaking Psychologists / Mental Health Specialists

This is a job opening for the international movement of MSF. The recruitment process is led by the German office of MSF. After successful recruitment, you would integrate into the candidate pool of one of the 29 regional MSF offices worldwide depending on your country of residence. Applications close 30 October. 

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  • Master's degree or equivalent in clinical or counselling psychology and a valid registration in your country of residence
  • Bilingual in either French & English or Arabic & English
  • A minimum of 2 years of clinical practice after degree, ideally working with a variety of clients and contexts e.g. trauma, chronic disease, substance use, migrants in both, individual therapy and group / peer work
  • Big plus: Experience in multicultural contexts
  • Big plus: experience in teaching mental health topics to professional and lay students, junior mental health professionals and colleagues in interdisciplinary health teams
  • Big plus: experience in managing teams
  • Big plus: experience in managing mental health programs / activities / structures
  • Living, working or extensive traveling experience in African, Asian or Latin American countries
  • Availability to work abroad for a minimum of 9-12 months
  • Willingness to work in accordance with MSFs humanitarian principles, charter and mission statement
What does MSF offer
  • Meaningful and diversified work, in which you can use your skills and creativity to make a difference for people affected by armed conflicts, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare
  • A long-term perspective and career development opportunities if you would like to continue after the first assignment
  • A minimum monthly indemnity of ~ 1300 € / USD and 2 days of paid holiday per month of assignment
  • Board and modest lodging in a flat/house-sharing community with other international team members during the assignment
  • Round-trip transportation to and from assignment
  • A comprehensive insurance package, including health and emergency evacuation insurance

The application deadline is October 30, 2022. 
Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to a test within the first two weeks of November 2022.

Apply Directly Here


Watch the videos below to hear from MSF Mental Health Officers, currently working in the field. 

Are you MSF? | Shobha - Mental Health Officer


Build a Career with MSF – Karen Stewart (Mental Health Officer)

Médecins Sans Frontières - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an independent international medical relief organization, assisting populations in distress. With its teams, they intervene in large-scale acute and chronic epidemics (e.g. measles, Ebola, TB and HIV), in areas of acute or chronic conflict (e.g. refugees, forced displacement, urban violence), in humanitarian crises (e.g. nutritional programs, refugee and migrant support), in disaster relief (e.g. flooding and earthquakes) and general and specialized basic and secondary health care (e.g. in prisons, basic health care in connection with sexual reproductive health and gender-based violence, reconstructive surgery or chronic disease).

"Each year, thousands of international staff of all nationalities carry out field assignments working with over 50,000 staff hired locally to give lifesaving medical assistance to people who would otherwise be denied access to healthcare, clean water and shelter"

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